Related USA Triathlon (USAT) has announced that John Murray, Connie Sol and Mark Sortino will serve as the coaching staff for the USA Paratriathlon Worlds team at the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London, England, this September.The trio will lead more than 40 of the US nation’s top paratriathletes as they represent the United States in a sprint-distance triathlon event on 13 September. The World Team is comprised of a number of past national and world championship medallists competing in seven classification divisions. In 2012, the US earned 13 podium finishes to top the overall medal count. John Murray (Pensacola, Florida) and Mark Sortino (San Diego, California), are both USA Triathlon Level II certified coaches, and train athletes through the Multisport Performance Institute (MPI). They have been involved in a number of paratriathlon camps and clinics across the US.The pair led two Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) Dodge Paratriathlon Camps in 2013, providing tools, techniques and skills necessary for success in the sport. Additionally, Sortino coached athletes at the USA Paratriathlon High Performance Camps at US Olympic Training Centers in Chula Vista, California, and Colorado Springs, Colorado, while Murray led the charge at the Team Semper Fi triathlon camp in April, helping wounded veterans learn more about paratriathlon.Connie Sol (Miami, Florida) is a USA Triathlon Level III certified coach and has been developing coaching and biomechanical rehabilitation programs for athletes since 1995, with a specialization in paratriathlon since 2004. She helped introduce the sport to the Miami-Dade Parks program in 2013 and assists with talent identification in the paratriathlon pipeline.Sol and Sortino were also part of the coaching staff at the first paratriathlon-specific high performance camp held by USA Triathlon in July 2012. “We have had the opportunity to coach these outstanding athletes at high performance camps throughout the year and are excited to bring such a strong, experienced and accomplished team to London,” Sortino said.As the coaching staff for the USA Paratriathlon Worlds Team – Murray, Sol and Sortino will serve as key resources for US paratriathletes in the lead up to Worlds and on site during race week in September. These coaches will provide mentorship and training advice prior to the event, and as on-site coaches, they will discuss race strategies with the athletes.They will also organize group rides, runs, swims and transition practices in the lead up to race day. The 2013 paratriathlon events will take place at the same Hyde Park venue as the 2012 London Olympic Games.USAT notes that interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high and the sport continues to grow following its inclusion in the Paralympic Games program. Paratriathlon will make its official debut at the Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.www.usatriathlon.org
Jiří Lehečka is fighting in Prostějov for a place in the finals Ludek Perina, ČTK
SPENCER, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Hunter Marriott has to have Clay County Fair Speedway on his list of favorite tracks.So does Kelly Shryock.Marriott led the last half of Monday’s Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event, earning $2,000 along with the IMCA Modified checkers. He’d also won the tour event at Spencer last year and now owns four career series victories.Shryock raced all the way back to finish second after exiting for the pits following an early caution and restarting at the back of the field. He’ll take a 12-point advantage over Joel Rust into the tour finale Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway.Ryan Ruter, Mike Jergens and Tom Berry Jr. completed the top five. Ten states and Canada were represented by the Modified entries.Ruter drew the pole and led the first of 30 laps. Nick Meyer, making the quick transition from a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, was alongside and just ahead of Ruter when the second circuit was scored.A long green flag run finally ended with a caution on lap 14. Marriott drove from third to the lead on the higher line while Ruter shuffled Meyer to third.Three more cautions came out over the last half of the race but Marriott, already on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, couldn’t be caught.Rust was late getting to the track Monday, missed his heat race and started last in his 10-car “B” feature. He ended in fourth, started 20th in the feature and ended a credible 10th.Other winners Monday at Spencer were Derek Green in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Doug Smith in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Chad Lonneman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Cory Peters in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The 26th annual Harris Clash is Tuesday at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City. The Aug. 9 Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale at Alta pays $1,000 to win, plus a bonus of $100 from IMCA for every HDT event that driver competed in this season.Both the gates and the grandstand at BVR open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Both the Harris Clash and the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at BVR will be broadcast by IMCATV.Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 4. Mike Jergens, Plover; 5. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 6. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 7. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 8. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 9. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 10. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 11. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 12. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 14. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 15. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 16. Corey Bosma, Ocheyedan; 17. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 18. Stacey Mills, Webb; 19. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 20. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City; 21. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 22. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 23. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 25. Kevin Eder, Ashland, Wis.1st heat – 1. Abelson; 2. Ruter; 3. Berry; 4. Strickler; 5. Shryock; 6. Jason Fisher, Lakefield, Minn.; 7. Rick Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 8. James Slawson, Spirit Lake.2nd heat – 1. Meyer; 2. Eder; 3. Chris Mills; 4. Brown; 5. Palsrok; 6. Scholpp; 7. Bosma; 8. Murray.3rd heat – 1. Money; 2. Stacey Mills; 3. Ward; 4. Derrick Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 5. Dotson; 6. Jergens; 7. Christensen; 8. Jason Briese, Cleghorn.4th heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Limoges; 3. Knecht; 4. Noteboom; 5. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 6. Mathieson; 7. Josh Bonnstetter, Slayton, Minn.1st “B” feature – 1. Strickler; 2. Shryock; 3. Dotson; 4. Jergens; 5. Christensen; 6. Briese; 7. Fisher; 8. Slawson; 9. Stephan; 10. Barglof.2nd “B” feature – 1. Noteboom; 2. Brown; 3. Scholpp; 4. Rust; 5. Bosma; 6. Palsrok; 7. Bonnstetter; 8. Shannon; 9. Mathieson; 10. Murray.
In the Ohio village of Carey, waist-deep water swirled through the tiny downtown, submerging cars to their rooftops. Dozens of flooded streets made it impossible to cross the town. The Carey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center was evacuated, with 28 residents transferred to a local hospital. Firefighters used boats to rescue families from flooded homes in Bucyrus after nearly 9 inches of rain fell, and the Upper Sandusky school district in north-central Ohio canceled the first day of school. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, thousands of homes were damaged: A preliminary survey by the American Red Cross in Minnesota identified about 4,200 affected homes, including 256 complete losses, 338 with major damage and 475 that are still inaccessible, said Kris Eide, the state’s director of homeland security and emergency management. About 100 flood victims met with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in a sometimes contentious meeting Monday during which he cautioned against expecting miracles, especially because many flood victims don’t have insurance. Preliminary damage reports in Wisconsin topped $38 million Tuesday and were expected to keep rising. In Oklahoma, which recorded a gust of 82 mph and rainfall of 11 inches, about 300 homes and businesses were damaged in the Kingfisher area and in Caddo County in southwestern Oklahoma, officials said. Numerous flood warnings remained in effect through today and Thursday, and Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency in 24 counties.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAYS MILLS, Wis. – Water-weary residents across the Midwest began counting their losses Tuesday as damage estimates from this weekend’s deadly flash floods climbed into the tens of millions. The rain moved into Ohio, where roads flooded, schools canceled classes and residents were rescued from flooded homes by boats. The death toll from the two storm systems – one in the Upper Midwest and the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin in Texas and Oklahoma – climbed to 22 when searchers found the body of a man tangled in a tree about four miles from his wrecked, upside-down car near a creek south of Lewiston, Minn. Most of Gays Mills, a village of 640 people in southwestern Wisconsin, had been under water Sunday night. About half of the village was accessible Tuesday, and the growl of sump pumps filled the air as residents made their way back in. “It’s heart-wrenching, man,” said Deb Holtz, 48, who found the furniture shop she runs with her husband in Gay Mills coated with mud. “Makes me want to cry.”